Blood pressure goals: How low should you go?

The higher a person’s blood pressure, the greater the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart-related illness. Doctor’s usually recommend blood pressure medication when a person’s pressure surpasses 140/90. The higher the pressure to start, the greater the health benefit of lowering it below 140/90. But taking multiple medications, poor health, and older age can make aggressive drug therapy for high blood pressure riskier. But a healthy man with high blood pressure may be able to tolerate more medication and thus benefit more from the treatment. More »

What's the best hernia repair?

The best method chosen to repair an inguinal hernia depends a great deal on the experience of the surgeon. The “open” repair method involves a larger incision. The laparoscopic method causes less pain after the operation and faster recovery. (Locked) More »

Why does my eyelid twitch?

Involuntary eyelid twitching is usually harmless and brought on by stress, lack of sleep, and caffeine. Twitching that involves both the eye and the lower face together may indicate a neurologic condition such as multiple sclerosis. (Locked) More »

Drugs that relieve nerve pain

Chronic pain in muscles and joints usually originates at the site of an injury or inflammation caused by arthritis or other conditions. Nerves transmit the pain signal to the brain. But chronic pain can also come from the nerves themselves, called neuropathic pain. Drugs originally approved for depression and seizures can moderately relieve nerve pain. They are added to more traditional pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and narcotic painkillers.   More »

Mediterranean diet quick start

The Mediterranean dietary pattern emphasizes olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables and fish. Research shows that it prevents heart attacks and strokes. To prevent intestinal discomfort, gradually increase the amount of extra-virgin olive oil in your diet. Eat generous amounts of fruits and vegetables and modest amounts of whole-grains, dairy foods, and fish or poultry. Minimize red meat and added sweeteners. (Locked) More »

Breath meditation: A great way to relieve stress

Mindfulness-based meditation helps to control stress and preserve health. It combines rhythmic breathing and focused attention. It is a form of entry-level meditation that anyone can do. It brings general relaxation and, if practiced regularly, offers many health benefits, including a more accepting attitude toward life’s challenges. More »

Don't bomb the bowel with laxatives

Eating a fiber-rich diet helps to prevent constipation. There are a variety of laxatives for occasional irregularity. The gentlest starter option is bulk-forming laxatives. After that, the options include osmotic laxatives, which draw water into the bowels. Stool softeners help to prevent straining due to hard stools. Lubricants like mineral oil also help to ease difficult bowel movements. Stimulant laxatives should not be used frequently. (Locked) More »